New Delhi: Leading steel manufacturer of India Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) has been conferred with prestigious Mahatma Award 2020 for its massive humanitarian effort to support the communities and local administration in fighting COVID-19 pandemic. Shallu Jindal, chairperson of JSPL Foundation, the social arm of JSPL, received the award Saturday at India International Centre, New Delhi.

Thanking the jury members for the award, Shallu Jindal said, “As a responsible Corporate Citizen, we launched Mission Zero Hunger in and around the operational geographies of JSPL and also in the National Capital to ensure that none is sleeping on empty stomach because of COVID-19 induced human misery. We could also insulate the local community from loss of livelihood and ensure access to everyday cash income during this wage crunch period”.

JSPL Foundation served nearly half a million dry and cooked meals to the socially vulnerable in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and New Delhi to mitigate their hunger during the lockdown period. Hundreds of rural women through the SHGs promoted by the JSPL Foundation  stitched and distributed over two lakhs Facemasks to the communities, health workers and so on. PPEs, hand wash, sanitizers prepared by the SHGs, ensured everyday cash access to these families. Thousands of farmers and artisans supported by the Foundation were protected from distress sale by way of assured buy back from them at a fair price. Health care facilities were rolled out in two of its multi-specialty Hospitals in Chhattisgarh namely the OP Jindal Hospitals. COVID care centres were instituted in the Plants of JSPL.

During the pandemic at the peak, the JSPL Foundation continued to extend the customized rehabilitation training to more than 3000 children with Special needs at its Rehabilitation Centres called as Asha- The Hope. JSPL also provided medical oxygen for use by various COVID-19 Hospitals and contributed Rs. 25 Crore to PM CARES Fund to fight the global pandemic.

JSPL has been selected because it has demonstrated excellence and the highest standard of ethical conduct, integrity, civic and social responsibility.

Recently Shallu Jindal, chairperson of JSPL Foundation was also honoured as one of the ‘Top 10 Impact Leaders of India’ during the ‘India CSR India CSR Leadership Summit – 2021’. Last year, Ms Jindal was also conferred with Mahatma Award – 2019 for Leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility.